It’s kinda corny to say, yet it is true. Disney World is the most happiest place on Earth. Like, do you see this photo! I was so excited!!!
I received tickets for my son and I, however, my opinions are my own.
When I was a kid, we didn’t travel too much. I would hear the kids at school talking about their trips to Disney, watch the Mickey Mouse Club (circa Justin and Britney) and would dream about the day that I would visit the happiest place on Earth. But as a kid, it didn’t happen. It didn’t happen in my teenage years, or even in my twenties. However, my dream came true when I visited Florida a month ago!
I literally skipped.
and was like, “I’m going to Disney, I’m going to Disney”
The children were calm and collected.
I skipped all the way until we got on the ferry that takes you to Magic Kingdom.
I was in HEAVEN!!
It is so amazing, I don’t think any words can even do it justice! I felt like I was transplanted into another world (Disney to be exact, hehe). But we got there kinda late in the morning, and I felt like we learned what NOT to do when you go to Disney. So, without further a do, here is what NOT to do at Disney.
- Don’t show up late!
Literally get there as the gates are opening up. No, scratch that, get there like 30 minutes before the gates open up! We could have had so much extra time by doing this, we definitely learned our lesson!
- Don’t forget your button!
What is this button you speak of, you ask? You can get buttons for First Time Visits, Anniversaries, Birthdays and Family Reunions. Go up to a guest service cast member or into one of the shops and ask for one, they’ll gladly give you one if they have it!
- Don’t forget your water bottle!
My friend over at Tourist Mom made the suggestion to bring your own filtered water bottle. We brought ours, but actually didn’t need to get them filled up while we were there. Heads up! Orlando has some funky tasting water! I don’t know how it is at Disney, but the surrounding areas in Orlando, icky! The restaurant and shops (if they provide drinks) will give you a cup of water for FREE! So, all you have to do is put it in your bottle and you’re ready to go!
- Don’t pay for ANYTHING in a Disney park!
This is kind of crazy to think of, right? I mean, you’re at Disney for crying out loud! So let me elaborate. There are ways to save for Disney, just check out Couponing to Disney for some GREAT tips! You can also join the Facebook group Saving to Disney with C2D (The SavEars). It is an AWESOME group with an AWESOME admin! (who happens to run Couponing to Disney)! You will learn all the tricks you need to know to earn Disney gift cards. So, with these gift cards, you will purchase what you need at the park, whether it be food or souvenirs. There are also some other great money-saving tricks to learn that will leave some extra cash in your pockets for the big trip! So let’s say it’s too late to start saving and your trip is right around the corner, what do you do to save a buck at Disney? We went to an Orlando Walmart and got the kids their souvenirs there, along with backpacks! This way they had Disney themed backpacks (less than 10 bucks a piece), a key chain and while we were there we also grabbed post cards.
- Don’t eat at Disney!
This is for the people who didn’t quite save enough to enjoy the deliciousness that Disney can offer… like us. We took another route, leaving the grounds at the busiest time of the day and grabbing a bite to eat, off-site. This worked out great for us. Look up different restaurants that have Kid’s Eat Free days and plan around that. You can also take snacks so that you can eat while you are waiting in line. Or, check out what Groupon has for dining and do that! We also stayed at a hotel that offered FREE breakfast.
- Don’t stay at Disney the whole day!
This is crazy talk! Absurd! Who would spend all that money and not stay at Disney all day?!?! Well, if you don’t want to be worn out about mid-afternoon, then YOU! Do as I say; get there before the gates open and stay until the first afternoon parade (around 3 PM), head out and grab a bite to eat, or take a nap, whatever, just leave for a moment as this is the busiest time of the day! Come back a couple of hours later and stay until they close. Like, literally kicking you out. Skip the 9 PM parade (a lot of people are going to it, so it frees up some waiting in line time) and end the night with the last parade before Goofy kicks your butt out!
- Don’t wait in line!
We waited in line. long lines. looong, looooong, loooong lines. I hate lines. There are two words that will eliminate this. Fast Pass! What you do is pre-schedule when you are going to get on rides, so I would recommend doing this for some late morning rides or when you come back from your break as these will be the busiest times to wait in line. Find out more about the Fast Pass HERE. You can also download the Disney App to schedule your Fast Passes. Do this! You won’t regret it!!
- Don’t go to Disney during the Summer
The heat will take it out of you. I know this would be pretty hard considering it is when most people take a vacation, but, if you go in the Fall, Winter, or early Spring, then you will have more comfortable weather! We went during my son’s Spring Break (the first week of April) and the weather was AMAZING!! Sunny, but not too hot, not cold either, it was utterly perfect! I can’t promise you’ll have the same, but I imagine that it is better than 85+ temps!
- Don’t spend all your time trying to meet a character!
Why are we going again? I thought meeting a character was some of the fun of being at Disney. It is. And it can take a lot of time too! So, you’re going to do two things, suck it up and enjoy some character dining, or visit a character at the park during a meet and greet by way of your handy-dandy Fast Pass (the Fast Pass will give you LIFE people!!).
- Don’t forget where you are!
You’re at the most happiest place on Earth. You’re probably going with your kids, grandkids, whoever it may be. Don’t forget that you’re creating memories. Kids won’t always be this little, this is a special time that you’re spending with them. I had the best time at Magic Kingdom, but it was extra special because I shared it with my 6-year-old son. Before I know it, he will be a grown man, leaving to live his own life, and all I’ll have are the memories we created. This day, this special day at Magic Kingdom was one of them. Seeing his face as we rode Dumbo (a ride that I use to dream of riding as a child). His excitement for The Haunted Mansion or how he tackled his fear of coasters by riding the Goofy ride. He lit up when meeting Woody and Jessie, it was a great day that will live on in my fondest memories.
Don’t forget to laugh
Don’t forget to smile
Don’t forget to look at your child’s face light up
Don’t forget to embrace this moment, because you’re at the happiest place on Earth.
So, do you have any tips for things to NOT do at Disney?